The World Challenge Series ended the season in storybook fashion at the beautiful Road America on December 12th.. The BMW M Hybrid V8 will be joining the series in January of 2023 bringing the GTP Class to the World Challenge. What an exciting finale these drivers put on for their final event, one certainly worth watching.
In GT3 Pro Evan Pikul stole the show and took the Championship in a never-before-seen performance sweeping the entire season with 7 straight wins ending the season with 223 points. Although Mike Dam put in a Valant effort this season finishing with 198 points it wasn't quite enough for Mike to see another title on his belt. Third place finisher Travis Schwenke had a great season finishing with 1 Pole and 6 Top 5's making it his third podium in World Challenge Championships.
Over in GT3 AM class the championship battle heated up between veteran driver Steve Daniel and newcomer to the series Alex Brown as this battle came down to the final race. Steve Daniel was not able to attend the finale giving Brown an opportunity to make up points. Unfortunately, Alex finished 2nd in the finale falling two points shy for the AM championship title. The Finale saw a first win in the AM Class for driver Jose Cabrera who finished 7th in the championship respectively. Steve Daniel ultimately took the Championship finishing with 137 points just two points over Alex Brown. The Finale saw Youngster Dean Dybdahl finished third experiencing one of his best seasons finishing with 1 win in AM class and 6 top 5's.
The TCR Class pout on quite a show this season joining the World Challenge for the first time in the series. Mike Polasek was e newcomer and put on quite a show only running 3 events this season but capitalized with victories in each event. The championship would ultimately fall in the hands of Eric Violett as he had a stellar season finishing with 2 poles, 3 wins, and 7 top 5's proving once again his consistency in this class finishing with 217 points. Brad Husty, in his second season at XMS racing, had his best run in TCR finishing the season with 1 win and 5 top 5's at 194 points. Newcomer Tom Jenkins kept his season on a smooth roll battling hard top stay in the podium chase finishing 3rd with 168 points.
The series for 2023 returns on January 16th with the new BMW M Hybrid V8 in the new GTP class as we head to Daytona Internationa Speedway for Round 1 of 2023!.
Don't miss any of the action as all races are covered live on Apex Racing TV by SCCA announcer Gregg Ginsburg & Larry "Lefty" McLoud
In the meantime, check out these well-deserved awards from Season 5!
RICMOTECH WCS GT3 PRO CLASS SEASON 5 CHAMPION
EVAN PIKUL / ALPINESTARS GEOSDESIC RACING